Anybody have actually hand on (*** in the seat?) experience with when of these?
Now that I've moved to Oklahoma I'm finding out the hard way that the Okies can't pave a road worth a damn. I figure if the OME stuff is designed around the roads in the outback it ought to laugh at the crappy roads here. I doubt having more suspension travel would hurt either...
I don't, but there is a guy in Oklahoma, Bob Supplee. He has a 4wheel drive shop and has the best customer service I've ever received anywhere anytime. I think this is his information:
Bob Supplee. (405) 799-8977
I usually call around a bit, then get amazed by his prices and customer service. He always "drop ships" stuff to me because I'm on the west coast, but I still buy through him if I can't easily get something local.
I only have experience with OME stuff on other vehicles, but it's always been top of the line quality. They typically don't offer the height of other lifts (I guess there are restrictions in Australia about altering ride height), but the ride is usually better than stock (in Jeep and Toyota products where I've seen it used). I wouldn't hesitate to use OME stuff if I only wanted about 2" of lift.
I don't have experience in a Superduty, but I do have a complete Old Man Emu suspension on my 2000 Jeep Cherokee (the boxy style with solid axles front and rear). For Jeeps, Old Man Emu is an outstanding system, and yet most people don't use them because they are expensive and use minimal lift to achieve goals. Most people looking for a suspension want more height because they do it mainly for looks or to fit massive tires.
Lift kits for Jeeps are nearly always very stiff and harsh because all they think about is aggressive off road driving. OME was the only supplier I found that owns and uses an automotive test ground, like the car manufacturers, to develop and tune suspensions. All I can say is it shows in the product. In my case, the spring rates are more than stock and my load capacity went up, and yet the ride quality is so far above stock it's silly. Brake dive is gone (this was a real problem in my Cherokee). Body roll is gone. It articulates well and rolls over any urban obstacle smoothly. The only time I notice it is stiffer than stock is when moving slowly over little drops and bumps.
I'm betting your major complaint is the truck is harsh and jittery over rough road? I'm not sure how much difference a suspension alone is going to make. Much of my good ride in the Cherokee is from the tire selection. You're going to need some bigger & softer tires to smooth out those bumps and that is going to hammer fuel economy and towing capability. And frankly, at the end of the day it will still be a truck made to carry weight and will have a less than desirable ride quality when unloaded. Before you spend the big bucks on suspension, tires, and gears, I suggest you just add 500-1000 pounds of weight in the bed. You will be surprised with how much that will improve your ride and you'll lose only 1/2 to 1 mpg fuel economy. If that doesn't do the trick you can think about a full suspension. Or maybe an F150 would be a better compromise for your life style.
Thanks QwkTrip, I am well aware that the F-250 is a truck and will ride like one.
I am after a couple of things, a little bit of lift, more suspension travel and an overall better engagement with terra firma. I love the stability of my truck and don't want to loose that by jacking it to the heavens.
Ace, thanks for the lead. I will probably be getting in touch with your fellow later this week.
I'm bumping this post to keep it going. I recently added an ARB Old Man Emu lift to my FzJ80 Toyota Landcruiser. I read about it from many other users. Anyone that thinks it makes the vehicle ride stiff isn't into trucks. This setup is a pleasure to operate on and off-road.
I like it so much that I found this post looking for info on adding OME to my F-250. I will be removing my current lift to go this route as money allows and I bet I won't be dissapointed.